This 'Game of Thrones' special effects reel shows the magic behind Westeros

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Beloved blood opera Game of Thrones was shut out of the major Emmy Awards this week, but at least it justifiably cleaned up in the technical categories, taking home prizes for Costumes, Makeup, Art Direction, and Visual Effects.

You can get a good look at the latter in a new VFX reel released by Rodeo FX, the team responsible for creating much the world of Thrones. The marching armies are impressive, but what’s even more interesting is seeing how the digital effects transform a verdant countryside into the ruined warscape of post-Five Kings Westeros.

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